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MCA calls for legislation review to end ‘uranium discrimination’

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th October 2018 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called for a reform of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, to allow Australia to benefit from uranium mining. In a paper commissioned by the MCA, environmental assessment expert Lachlan Wilkinson recommended the Act be... 

Taskforce outcomes to set basis of Australia’s first resources plan in 20 years

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan on Friday welcomed a report by the federal government’s Resources 2030 Taskforce, which he convened in March to ensure that the Australian resource sector remains globally competitive and sustainable The Minister will use the work of the... 

Victoria sets exploration targets with new strategy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th August 2018 The Victorian state government has launched a new mineral resources strategy to ensure continued growth in the resources sector. Resources Minister Tim Pallas on Tuesday launched the State of Discovery strategy, setting out targets of total exploration investment of A$220-million by June 2023... 

Miners call for stable govt as Turnbull is replaced by Morrison

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th August 2018 The Australian mining sector has called for a stable government following a leadership spill in the Liberal Party, which will see Treasurer Scott Morrison take over as Prime Minister from Malcolm Turnbull. Turnbull himself disposed of previous Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a similar manner in 2015. 

X-ray technology enabling real-time analysis of gold ore samples Down Under

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th August 2018 Australian gold explorers have been given the world-first option to access x-ray technology to detect and analyse unseen gold, cutting turnaround times significantly. The photon assay technology was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) over a... 

X-ray technology enabling real-time analysis of gold ore samples Down Under

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th August 2018 Australian gold explorers have been given the world-first option to access x-ray technology to detect and analyse unseen gold, cutting turnaround times significantly. The photon assay technology was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) over a... 

Greenfield exploration essential to Australia

By: Donald Makhafola     10th August 2018 Greenfield exploration expenditure in Australia has declined in absolute terms and as a share of total exploration expenditure over the past decade; this must be reversed to attract greater mining investment and continue receiving the economic benefits derived from mining, says association for... 

Australian mining industry wins public support

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2018 New research undertaken on behalf of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has shown that public opinion towards the Australian mining sector was at its highest level in six years, after hitting a low in 2016. Public opinion research conducted in May this year has shown that views towards coal... 

Resources continue to drive Australian exports

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd August 2018 New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has shown that the resources sector is still driving the economy. The ABS on Thursday reported that Australia’s exports of goods and services surpassed A$400-billion for the first time in 2017/18, owing mainly to growth in resources... 

Australia’s Minerals Council unfazed by US uranium investigation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th July 2018 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) appeared unfazed over a decision by the US Department of Commerce to launch an investigation on uranium imports. A MCA spokesperson told Mining Weekly Online on Thursday that Australia had been a long-standing uranium supplier to the US. In 2017, US... 

Miners welcome ACCC power plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th July 2018 The resources sector has welcomed recommendations from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to significantly improve electricity affordability for Australian consumers and businesses. The ACCC in March launched an inquiry to identify the root causes of the high electricity... 

Asia's thermal coal demand poised to grow

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th June 2018 Asia’s thermal coal demand could increase by some 400-million tonnes by 2030, a new report commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) found. Asian thermal coal demand is expected to grown from the 740-million tonnes in 2017, to 1.147-billion tonnes in 2030. 

Australia-EU FTA an opportunity to remove tariffs on resources trade

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd May 2018 The Australian resources sector has welcomed the start of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations between Australia and the European Union (EU), with the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) saying it would present a significant opportunity to boost trade, investment and economic engagement... 

Australia’s MCA welcomes gold report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th May 2018 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed a new report by the World Gold Council (WGC), which states that gold will continue to be valued over the next 30 years, with new uses for gold meaning new opportunities for producers. “New uses for gold including in antibiotics, smartphones... 

Budget highlights mining’s fundamental role in Australian economy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th May 2018 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called for economic reforms to boost investment in the resources sector, after the federal Budget revealed that the industry is accounting for a significant portion of revenue. The MCA’s interim CEO, David Byers, said on Wednesday that the record... 

Miners warn new NT royalty proposal to hurt investment

By: Esmarie Iannucci     20th April 2018 The resources sector has warned the Northern Territory government that adjustments to its royalty system could hamper investment in the region. Northern Territory Treasurer Nicole Manison on Friday announced the introduction of a hybrid royalty scheme as part of the territory government’s plans... 

Stronger commodity prices boost Australia’s resources tax take

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th April 2018 Australia’s resources sector paid some A$12.1-billion in company tax in 2016/17, nearly four times what was paid in 2015/16, a new report by advisory firm Deloitte Access Economics has revealed. The 2016/17 contribution was the highest since the mining investment boom in 2011/12, the report,... 

BHP quits World Coal Association over differences in climate policies

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th April 2018 Mining major BHP has taken the decision to discontinue its membership of the World Coal Association (WCA), citing “material differences” in their respective climate change policies. The diversified giant also said on Thursday that the decision was also taken in light of the “narrow range of... 

Australia pumps A$50m into drilling research

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th March 2018 The Australian federal government on Wednesday announced a A$50-million investment into research aimed at better equipping the mining and resources sector to manage future challenges. Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan said the funding would come from the Cooperative... 

Australia ‘ill prepared’ for US tax reforms – tax specialist

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th March 2018 A new report by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has warned that Australia could struggle to compete for investments as the US employs tax reforms. International tax specialist Dr Jack Mintz believes that Australia is “ill prepared” to deal with the global implications of the US... 

Australian Minerals Council backs TPP

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th March 2018 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has again lobbied for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), joining nine other national industry groups in issuing a policy brief setting out the reasons Australia should support the regional trade agreement. The TPP, which was signed by Trade Ministers... 

Native title laws cause uncertainty in mining circles – MCA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2018 Australian minerals companies have called for urgent amendments to native title laws to remove uncertainty created by court decisions which cast doubt over the status of mining leases and tenements, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) said on Friday. The MCA’s submission to the... 

Australian minerals sector calls for workplace relations, education reform to build future workforce

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2018 Australia’s higher education system should be reformed and outdated workplace relations laws that discourage investment and stifle innovation and efficiency should be fixed to build the future Australian minerals workforce, said Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) interim executive director David... 

MCA says trade data underscores mining’s importance to Australian economy

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 Trade data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics released this week has again confirmed the importance of the mining industry to the Australian economy and the continuing benefits of the mining boom, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) said on Friday. The data shows that in 2017,... 

MCA wants Australian govt to rethink nuclear stance

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st September 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has called on the Australian government to rethink its nuclear prohibition, saying the ban on nuclear power could no longer be afforded given the country’s current energy challenges. “Nuclear power is off the table in Australia – literally banned,” the... 

MCA, federal Minister blast Victoria’s renewable energy targets 

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th August 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has blasted the Victorian government’s attempts to legislate renewable energy targets of 40% by 2025, warning that it would see energy costs in the state further increase. The state government this week introduced legislation to the state Parliament to... 

Data shows Oz mining receives limited govt assistance

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st August 2017 Recent data by the Productivity Commission has revealed that the Australian mining sector received negligible assistance from the federal government during 2015/16. In its latest industry assistance review, the Productivity Commission notes that out of the A$15-billion in total industry... 

MCA calls for GST reform to ‘restore fairness’

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th July 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) believes Australia’s complex system for sharing nearly A$60-billion in goods and services tax (GST) revenues between the states and territories is broken as evidenced by the fact that Western Australia loses more GST than it collects in iron-ore mining... 

MCA warns of new Victorian coal policy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th July 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has warned that the Victorian government’s policy on the future use of coal in the state perpetuates the ‘closed for business’ reputation that the current government has earned. Resources Minister Wade Noonan at the end of last week announced a policy on... 

MCA calls for reform of GST revenue distribution

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th June 2017 New research by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has highlighted “economic distortions and inequities” in the federal government’s distribution of the goods and services tax (GST) revenues between the states and territories. MCA CEO Brendan Pearson said on Friday that over the last 15... 

Coal industry expresses ‘serious concern’ about Australia’s electricity market review

By: Mariaan Webb     5th June 2017 The Australian coal industry has expressed “serious concern” about reports that the Finkel review of the national electricity market has turned its back on coal-fired electricity, in favour of renewable energy. Minerals Council of Australia CEO Brendan Pearson said on Monday that the country... 

Peru FTA to unlock opportunities for Australian exporters

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th May 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed a possible free trade agreement (FTA) with Peru, saying Australia’s mining and mining services sectors could benefit from the agreement Australian Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo this week launched FTA negotiations with his... 

MCA calls for nuclear energy in Australia

24th May 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has urged the Australian government to consider nuclear energy in the nation’s future. Speaking at the Paydirt South Australian Resources and Energy Investment conference, MCA’s executive director for uranium, Daniel Zavattiero, said that Australia’s... 

Australia to benefit from ‘TPP minus one’ free trade deal – MCA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd May 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the revival of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying Australia would stand to gain significant economic benefits from the regional trade agreement. Eleven Asia-Pacific countries, including Australia, over the weekend agreed to revive the... 

Australian resources sector welcomes Budget

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th May 2017 The Australian resources sector has welcomed the federal Budget, particularly a A$28.7-million investment in the east coast gas security, and over A$70-billion to 2021 on transport infrastructure across Australia. Minister for Resources Matt Canavan said on Wednesday that the A$28.7 million east... 

Report highlights mining, Mets sectors’ contribution to Aus economy, jobs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th March 2017 New data by advisory firm Deloitte Access Economics has shown that the mining and mining equipment, technology and services (Mets) sectors contributed 15% of Australia’s gross domestic product in 2015/16, delivering some A$236.8-billion. The report, which was commissioned by the Minerals Council... 

MCA calls for Australia’s pursuit of trade liberalisation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th March 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has proposed a number of measures to boost Australia’s international engagement in its submission to the federal government’s Foreign Policy White Paper, calling on the government to pursue further trade liberalisation, maintain an open foreign investment... 

Carmichael to proceed despite renewed outcry from green lobby – MCA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd March 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has labelled the latest environmental resistance against the $16.5-billion Carmichael coal project, in Queensland, as “futile and cynical attention seeking”. The MCA was responding to an announcement by former Greens party leader Bob Brown, in which he said... 

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